Pay for miners and quarry workers varies depending on experience and level of responsibility.
Quarry workers usually earn between $60,000 and $80,000 a year.
Miners usually earn between $80,000 and $150,000 a year.
Sources : MITO, 2018; Minex National Health and Safety Council, 2018.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Miners and quarry workers may do some or all of the following :
extract, process and transport minerals or rocks
maintain, repair and operate mining or quarrying machinery
construct underground tunnels and install ventilation and roof supports
prepare and maintain roadways within the work area
set fuses and detonate explosives
carry out safety checks on air quality, machinery, equipment, vehicles and work areas
keep records of hazards.
Skills and knowledge
Miners and quarry workers need to have knowledge of :
different mining or quarrying methods
how to operate mining or quarrying machinery
how to handle explosives and blasting
mechanical skills to diagnose faults and carry out basic repairs
health and safety regulations
Miners and quarry workers :
often work long hours and usually do shift work, including nights, weekends and being on call
work in conditions that are dangerous, noisy and dirty
work in cramped or confined conditions in underground mines, or varied weather conditions in opencast mines and quarries.
To become a miner or quarry worker you need to have a full driver's licence and pass drug and alcohol tests.
A heavy vehicle licence and a first aid certificate is useful.
Some employers may expect you to complete a relevant qualification such as a New Zealand Certificate in Mining and Quarrying (Level 2) while working.
There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a miner or quarry worker. However mathematics, construction and mechanical technologies, geography and physical education are useful.
Miners and quarry workers need to be :
safety-conscious and able to remain calm in emergencies
able to work well under pressure
comfortable working underground, and in cramped conditions
able to follow instructions, but capable of acting on their own initiative
responsible, disciplined and able to work in a team
efficient and practical.
Useful experience for miners includes :
driving heavy vehicles
work in the construction industry
engineering or general labouring.
Miners and quarry workers need to have a good level of fitness and must be strong as they work with heavy equipment. Miners must pass a physical examination every six months.
Miners and quarry workers may also be required to undergo regular drug and alcohol tests.